This is the starter tool kit for beginner pottery students. If you are signing up for the first time, and do not currently have tools, you should add this to your cart as you will need tools to get started on the wheel. If you are not sure you will pursue pottery longer than one month, let me know as I'm sure I have some tools you can borrow to get you started. If you decide to continue with class, it will be good to get a starter kit for your 2nd month of class. This is my cost to purchase the tools from Trinity Ceramic in Dallas. There is no markup.